The first graders at my school just completed an interdisciplinary study of habitats. After learning about different types, they each chose one animal to research and wrote a non-fiction book featuring that animal. Their books included a table of contents, a number of chapters, illustrations and diagrams. They were quick to notice that the non-fiction children’s books they read often included a riddle, puzzle, poem or game. It wasn’t long before those elements began appearing in their books, as well.

The young authors wrote about koalas, rabbits, pandas, tigers and other intriguing creatures with enthusiasm and concentration. They even created artworks that placed their animals in the correct habitat. These are hanging proudly in our hallway.

In these difficult times, it gives me hope to observe their love and excitement for caring for our environment. Happy Earth Day, indeed!


About the author jmankowsky

I live in Central Massachusetts in the United Stares, where I have recently retired from public school teaching after thirty-four years. I am a nature photographer, particularly focusing on the the wide variety of birds to be found in this area. I am a keen supporter of the Massachusetts Audubon and the exceptional work that they do in education and protecting nature. It pleases me that many of the photographs I have posted here have also been displayed on the Wachusett Meadow Audubon in Princeton, MA website. I would love to connect with other primary school teachers in the hope that these photos might be useful in inspiring children to a greater connection with nature.

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